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Lilt: a theory of melody

A melody has to catch the ear. A lilt is an up and down movement that has to be asymmetrical or surprising in some way. It can go up, and ...

Saturday, July 16, 2016

conscious / unconscious

The process of composition is both conscious and unconscious, deliberate (intentional) and accidental. For example, I can consciously say that I'm going to go I, vi, ii, V, or introduce a passing chord between vi and ii in this same progression. But then I don't know what melody is going to come out of that. I can set up a formal problem for myself to solve: how to get from there to there, but I need to feel my way through the solution.

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